They Shall Not Pass: The French Army on the Western Front 1914 - 1918

This graphic collection of firsthand accounts sheds new light on the experiences of the French army during the Great War. It reveals in authentic detail the perceptions and emotions of soldiers and civilians who were caught up in the most destructive conflict the world had ever seen. Their testimony gives a striking insight into the mentality of the troops and their experience of combat, their emotional ties to their relatives at home, their opinions about their commanders and their fellow soldiers, the appalling conditions and dangers they endured, and their attitude to their German enemy. In their own words they offer a fascinating inside view of the massive life-and-death struggle that took place on the Western Front.